Persona - New paintings by Nuala O’Sullivan

JAN 15 – FEB 4

1 The half child Nuala OSullivan

Memory is the starting point of this project. Memories evoked through home movies, photographs, and stories about 1950s Ireland. These recall the poverty of the period alongside the repression and claustrophobia that permeated everyday life in Ireland at that time.  A struggle for power existed between church and state and a sense of secrecy and surveillance permeated everyday life.   This history continues to resonate in the stories we construct about ourselves and our society today. In my work I aim to use visual spectacle to give a greater cultural understanding of that time, and add to the current debate about the impact of the past on the present.

Found or family photographs, from an archive of photographs I have built up over many years, are the source material for many of my paintings which address the restrictions on women’s lives in 1950s Ireland. The figures in my paintings, mainly women, often appear in ‘a situation’, sometimes smothered by heavy skies. I find the friction that exists between what is visible and what lies just under the surface fascinating.

In using old photographs to investigate these themes, I intervene to bring colour, new scale, and new meaning to the images prioritising women and giving these photographic images an afterlife. The paintings use many thin layers of paint. This allows some of the light from the canvas to remain reminiscent of holding a negative to the light. The aesthetic and culture of the 1950s has a strong visual resonance for me.

My photographic work addresses restrictions on women. Woven fabrics acts as a net over them.  Found quilts from the 1950s, associated with maternal care and crafts, are symbolic of the smothering quality of the past.

My artwork offers my personal perspective on that time.

Nuala O’Sullivan is a Limerick based artist. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art (Painting) from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2006 before completing a Fine Art Masters Degree in 2013.

 

RED COUCH SPACE

JAN 15 – FEB 4

Down through my window and over the hill - New paintings by Brid HarhenBrid Harhen x

Brid Harhen is a young woman native to Liscannor where she still lives in the family home.

Brid’s love of art has developed over the years. She takes inspiration from the surrounding area of Liscannor.

Brid is an artist well known in her local community where she has exhibited in the Cliffs of Moher and the local Courthouse Gallery amongst other places.

Brid also works with children in the local preschool in the area of arts and crafts.